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August 29, 2014

The Debate over Summer Preparations: Sunny Side and Structured at Camp or Free Range

Summer pecking away at your sanity? Camp is not just for the kids Many parents want to offer kids an unstructured summer and more family time in lieu of a structured summer camp. One such parent is New York Times mom-blogger KJ Dell’Antonia, who published a debate with fellow columnist and summer camp advocate Bruce Feiler. Yet inevitably, sometime... Read More

August 15, 2014

How Summer Camps are Changing the World

At some point, a common thought has crossed the minds of all those who’ve spent a childhood summer at camp: the world would be a little brighter if life were a bit more like summer camp. Some organizations have taken this whimsical fancy to heart and are using summer camp as a vehicle for broader change in the world.... Read More

July 28, 2014

USNews.com Reports on How Summer Vacation can be a Time for Self Discovery

USNews.com published a June article emphasizing the importance of high schoolers using summer vacation as a time for self-discovery and pursuit of academic and professional interests. According to the article, summer offers a framework for low-stress exploration of activities, colleges, and careers through a couple of different avenues: Experts support educational camps and college prep programs as beneficial summer... Read More

July 8, 2014

Summer camps capitalize on kids’ inherent idealism and energy

Online youth magazine Tween Tribune recently featured outstanding adolescents making powerful contributions in their communities. David Albright, for example, has been baking muffins almost every week for five years for locals in-need at the Beth El Center in Connecticut. Despite his quiet humility, Albright garnered national attention as an honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program in... Read More

June 19, 2014

New Studies Indicate that Kids Need More Sleep

NPR (National Public Radio) printed an article highlighting two studies regarding a correlation between sleep deprivation and depression in teens: “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers’ risk of depression, two studies say.” The two studies are from University of Texas Health Science Center... Read More

June 2, 2014

Summer Camps Offer Remedies to Rise in Teen Stress

A new survey posted in USA Today indicates that teen stress is on the rise. 64% of the 1018 surveyed teens and 1950 adults reported moderate to extreme stress in the past month and 82% over the last school year. As an added concern, kids are developing bad coping methods like stress-related eating and poor sleeping habits that are... Read More

May 20, 2014

The Benefits of Science and and Technology Summer Camp

In February 2014, 60 Minutes hosted a special on three remarkable kids. This blog discusses one of them – Jack Andraka – and his incredible feats in the medical health profession. His success comes from a variety of support systems, many of which speak to the benefits of summer camp. Camp is Great for Scientific Exploration, but Support Starts... Read More

May 1, 2014

Contributions Parents Can Make Towards Their Children’s Well-Being

In part of her series on “Parenting for Success,” Forbes Magazine author Kathy Caprino recently published an article on nine key contributions parents can make towards their children’s personal and social well-being. The article itself is quite informative, and many of the values she outlines can be supported by the activities, staff, and environment unique to summer camp. Find... Read More

April 28, 2014

How Music Beneficially Correlates with Moods

A recent article posted on healthychildren.org details the many ways in which music beneficially correlates with moods. The article highlights examples like military marches to instill confidence and courage, shopping malls to pump up consumer enthusiasm, and setting lessons to song to encourage stress free memorization in the classroom. The Calming Influence of Music The article cites a series... Read More

April 7, 2014

Summer Camp Counselors Can Provide Guidance for Life’s Next Leap

A recent article on Kidshealth.org details how parents can support kids as they transition out of high school and into the next phase of adulthood. But parents aren’t the only ones who can help with this. As the article suggests, your teen can reach out to people within his or her network for informational interviews and professional guidance. Summer... Read More